- Andrew Maskrey, UNISDR
The United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is a resource for understanding and analysing global disaster risk today and in the future.
Drawing on new and enhanced data, the report explores trends in disaster risk for each region and for countries with different socioeconomic development. At the same time, over 130 governments are engaged in self-assessments of their progress towards the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), contributing to what is now the most complete global overview of national efforts to reduce disaster risk.
The 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11) highlights the political and economic imperative to reduce disaster risks, and the benefits to be gained from doing so. Importantly, it offers guidance and suggestions to governments and nongovernmental actors alike on how they can, together, reduce disaster risks.
For the 2013 edition, UNISDR is actively working on a number of fronts, among them an enhanced, state-of-the-art global probabilistic risk assessment of major hazards, ground-breaking work on global and regional drought models, new perspectives from the private sector on its role on risk reduction and innovative methodologies to help countries producing hybrid risk models.
The GAR session will present the main findings of the previous editions of the GAR and some highlights of the work that will be published in 2013 and 2015.